Home Household appliances Over 2,900 illegal home appliances removed from e-commerce platforms

Over 2,900 illegal home appliances removed from e-commerce platforms


SINGAPORE – Over 2,900 illegal home appliances were listed for sale by local and foreign sellers on e-commerce platforms between January and November this year.

These devices were not registered with the Consumer Product Safety Office (CPSO) or did not bear a valid safety mark in accordance with regulatory requirements, the CPSO said in a statement Friday, December 17.

The CPSO, which is overseen by Enterprise Singapore, added that the sales were uncovered based on its market surveillance efforts and investigation of consumer complaints.

The top five types of unregistered appliances sold online were power adapters, portable power outlets, cooking appliances such as toasters, grills and hot plates, hair care appliances and liquid heating such as kettles and hot water dispensers.

They have been found on major e-commerce platforms such as Amazon, Carousell, Ezbuy, Lazada, Qoo10, and Shopee.

CPSO has worked with e-commerce platforms to have unregistered appliances removed from the list. The authority also imposed fines or warnings on sellers of these products.

Local vendors convicted of selling unregistered controlled goods are liable, if convicted, to a fine of up to $10,000, imprisonment for up to two years, or both.

Consumers are encouraged to check product listings to see if they meet safety requirements such as wearing the safety mark. These marks can be verified on this website.

Online shoppers are also encouraged to verify the reliability of the seller by reviewing past customer reviews and ratings and checking if the products are compatible for local use.

A total of 33 types of home appliances are considered controlled goods, which are tested to specified safety standards and affixed with the safety mark before they can be sold in Singapore.

Those that do not meet safety requirements can present fire, mechanical and electrical hazards.